The brainchild of Winnipeg, Manitoba, MC, singer, and producer Odario Williams, Grand Analog can be an acclaimed reggae/dub-driven hip-hop project which has served like a conduit for Williams’ more eclectic inclinations. Williams, also an associate of Canadian rap group Feeling Ruff, actually 1st come up with Grand Analog like a genre-bending rock-band in 2002, but this 1st incarnation of GA by no means became popular and collapsed soon after its creation. Four years later on, Williams restarted the task, assembling a far more versatile band of hand-picked music artists and suppliers from Winnipeg, including Darcy Ataman (maker), Damon Mitchell (acoustic guitar) of American Flamewhip and the brand new Meanies, his sibling Ofield Williams (maker/DJ), DJ Catalist (maker/secrets), Arun Chaturvedi (bass/secrets), Joel Kaverklamp (bass) from the Hummers, and Warren Bray (bass). After multiple documenting classes in both Toronto and Winnipeg, Williams released the Grand Analog debut, Calligraffiti, on UrbNet Information in July 2007. Prompting the unavoidable comparisons to likewise reggae-influenced Canadian rapper k-os, the LP’s fusion of hip-hop with dub, spirit, alternative rock and roll, and pop appreciated rave testimonials, albeit beyond mainstream press. Digitally released singles (and their associated YouTube movies) such as for example “Public Butterfly,” “I’ll Walk By itself,” and “Around the city” preserved the album’s hype throughout 2007.